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21 September 1935 (USA)  »

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(RCA Victor High Fidelity Sound System)

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(3-strip Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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Beautfil and gross at the same time.
28 January 2017 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

The beginning of this cartoon says it's in Technicolor and that surprised me. After all, full color Technicolor (using the three color strip technology) was only in use in cartoons by Disney because they signed an exclusive deal and the competitors needed to use alternate (and inferior) color processes such as Two Color Technicolor and Cinecolor. However, I checked and this cartoon was made just AFTER the Disney monopoly ended and as such it makes it one of the first non-Disney full color cartoons ever made. It's also hellishly awful!

So why is this such a terrible cartoon? Well imagine showing a cartoon to kids that is filled with 'happy darkies' living on the plantation in pre-Civil War days! It's just chock full of black characters in pickininny braids and enacting the sort of safe and disgusting characters the public embraced at that time. No maltreatment of the slaves in this film...they are like one giant happy family and the family needs a wise head...which, naturally, is the genial slave master!! All this is god-awful and filled with caricatures of the "Uncle Tom's Cabin" characters. Sadly, "Uncle Tom's Cabin" was a wonderful story and was never meant to be anything like this tripe.

Not surprisingly, you don't see this one on TV today...even if it's important historically due to its use of full color. If you are curious, it's on YouTube as well as many even more offensive cartoons which have been yanked from circulation due to their negative portrayals of blacks and Asians.


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